Atlantic City Officer Shot At Casino Garage Released From Hospital

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS/AP) — An Atlantic City police officer was released from the hospital nearly two weeks after he was shot and wounded responding to a robbery in progress at an Atlantic City casino garage.

Joshlee Vadell left AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center on Thursday to cheers and applause from dozens of officers and emergency workers.

Eyewitness News reporter Cleve Bryan streamed the moment the officer was released live on his Facebook page.

Officers and residents clapped as the officer passed them. Police say Joshlee Vadell’s condition has improved and he will be transferred to a rehabilitation center.

The officer was reportedly giving the crowd a thumbs up as he was wheeled to an ambulance.

Vadell underwent surgery after being critically hurt in the Sept. 3 shooting. Details on his injuries weren’t disclosed.

Authorities say Vadell and another officer saw the robbery being committed and Vadell was shot while exiting his vehicle.

A second officer returned fire and struck robbery suspect Jerome Damon. The 25-year-old Camden man was found dead a short distance away.

Two other suspects remain jailed on $750,000 bail on charges including attempted murder and robbery.

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